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February 3, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Richard Dortch, the former top deputy to Jim Bakker at the PTL ministry, arrived at the minimum-security federal prison at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida to begin serving an eight-year sentence for fraud and conspiracy. Dortch, 58, who was also fined $200,000, pleaded guilty last August. Under a plea bargain, Dortch testified against Bakker at his trial in Charlotte, N. C. Bakker was convicted on 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy and is serving a 45-year sentence in Minnesota.
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June 4, 1991 | Associated Press
Richard Dortch, who pleaded guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy in the federal investigation of PTL, has been approved for parole for medical reasons effective July 9, the Justice Department said Monday. Dortch had surgery for a cancerous kidney several months ago. He will be confined to his home for 120 days except for employment and other activities approved in advance by his probation office, a Justice Department spokesman said.
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June 4, 1991 | Associated Press
Richard Dortch, who pleaded guilty to mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy in the federal investigation of PTL, has been approved for parole for medical reasons effective July 9, the Justice Department said Monday. Dortch had surgery for a cancerous kidney several months ago. He will be confined to his home for 120 days except for employment and other activities approved in advance by his probation office, a Justice Department spokesman said.
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April 11, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge in Charlotte, N. C., dismissed perjury charges against PTL pastor Samuel Johnson, saying the government's case against Jim Bakker's spiritual successor was circumstantial. The decision by U.S. District Judge Robert Potter made Johnson, 50, the first of five PTL defendants to emerge from court a free man. Potter acted on a defense motion to dismiss the case after the government presented only four witnesses and rested its case.
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September 15, 1989
Jim Bakker authorized the $265,000 payoff in PTL funds to Jessica Hahn to keep her quiet about their sexual tryst, Bakker's former top executive testified in court. Richard Dortch, former PTL executive vice president, told U.S. District Court jurors at Bakker's fraud and conspiracy trial in Charlotte, N.C., that he told Bakker about calls from Hahn threatening a lawsuit over a 1980 sexual encounter she had had with Bakker in a Florida hotel room.
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April 11, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge in Charlotte, N. C., dismissed perjury charges against PTL pastor Samuel Johnson, saying the government's case against Jim Bakker's spiritual successor was circumstantial. The decision by U.S. District Judge Robert Potter made Johnson, 50, the first of five PTL defendants to emerge from court a free man. Potter acted on a defense motion to dismiss the case after the government presented only four witnesses and rested its case.
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April 22, 1987 | Associated Press
The Rev. Richard Dortch, who took over as president of the PTL ministry after the resignation of evangelist Jim Bakker, announced Tuesday that he will not accept a salary or pension benefits for the next year. Dortch said on the "PTL Club" television program, of which he is host, that for the next 12 months he "will continue to live in the parsonage of this ministry . . . but I will not accept any salary whatsoever, nor pension benefits or any other benefits."
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April 6, 1987 | Associated Press
Jessica Hahn said she was forced into sexual activities with a second evangelist shortly after a sexual encounter with Jim Bakker, even though she told Bakker she was a virgin and feared getting pregnant, Newsweek magazine said.
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August 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
Former PTL Vice President Richard Dortch was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined $200,000 Thursday for helping to bilk millions of dollars out of the television ministry's followers. Dortch's sentence was part of a plea agreement in exchange for testimony against his former boss, PTL founder Jim Bakker, whose trial on the same fraud and conspiracy charges is scheduled to start Monday. "I could not believe that I participated in this . . .
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August 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
Richard Dortch, a former top assistant to PTL founder Jim Bakker, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to federal charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with the television ministry. In addition, Dortch agreed to testify against Bakker at his fraud and conspiracy trial later this month. George T. Davis, Bakker's attorney, said he was surprised to learn of the plea-bargain arrangement with Dortch. He said that Dortch's testimony "has got to have some effect."
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February 3, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Richard Dortch, the former top deputy to Jim Bakker at the PTL ministry, arrived at the minimum-security federal prison at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida to begin serving an eight-year sentence for fraud and conspiracy. Dortch, 58, who was also fined $200,000, pleaded guilty last August. Under a plea bargain, Dortch testified against Bakker at his trial in Charlotte, N. C. Bakker was convicted on 24 counts of fraud and conspiracy and is serving a 45-year sentence in Minnesota.
NEWS
September 15, 1989
Jim Bakker authorized the $265,000 payoff in PTL funds to Jessica Hahn to keep her quiet about their sexual tryst, Bakker's former top executive testified in court. Richard Dortch, former PTL executive vice president, told U.S. District Court jurors at Bakker's fraud and conspiracy trial in Charlotte, N.C., that he told Bakker about calls from Hahn threatening a lawsuit over a 1980 sexual encounter she had had with Bakker in a Florida hotel room.
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August 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
Former PTL Vice President Richard Dortch was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined $200,000 Thursday for helping to bilk millions of dollars out of the television ministry's followers. Dortch's sentence was part of a plea agreement in exchange for testimony against his former boss, PTL founder Jim Bakker, whose trial on the same fraud and conspiracy charges is scheduled to start Monday. "I could not believe that I participated in this . . .
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August 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
Richard Dortch, a former top assistant to PTL founder Jim Bakker, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to federal charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy in connection with the television ministry. In addition, Dortch agreed to testify against Bakker at his fraud and conspiracy trial later this month. George T. Davis, Bakker's attorney, said he was surprised to learn of the plea-bargain arrangement with Dortch. He said that Dortch's testimony "has got to have some effect."
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December 16, 1988 | Associated Press
A federal magistrate Thursday set a $50,000 bond for PTL founder Jim Bakker and three former aides, who are accused of supporting lavish life styles by bilking $4 million from his TV ministry's flock. Bakker, 48, arrived at the federal courthouse in a white Cadillac, smiling and waving to reporters, and said after the 30-minute hearing that he was innocent. His wife, Tammy, did not accompany him. "I am not guilty of these charges and I'm looking forward to due process taking place.
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December 6, 1988 | DAVID TREADWELL, Times Staff Writer
Jim Bakker, the embattled television evangelist who resigned last year as president of the PTL ministry amid a sex-and-hush-money scandal, was indicted Monday along with a former top associate on federal charges of fraud and conspiracy in the sale of "lifetime partnerships" for yearly vacations at a PTL theme park and resort.
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March 30, 1987 | United Press International
An Oklahoma City evangelist introduced former PTL leader Jim Bakker to the woman with whom he had an affair because Bakker threatened suicide unless he found a way to make his wife jealous and win back her affections, according to a report published Sunday. Bakker, 47, and his wife, Tammy, have been the focus of an old-time religion soap opera since he admitted to a sexual liaison with a church secretary seven years ago.
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April 26, 1987 | From United Press International
PTL founder Jim Bakker on Saturday denied allegations by a rival television evangelist that he frequented prostitutes and engaged in homosexual acts. He challenged his critics to "prove their accusations." Bakker's wife, Tammy, telephoned United Press International from her Palm Springs home and read this statement written by her husband: "Tammy and I have felt led (by) God not to join in all the shouting and accusations against us.
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May 7, 1987 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
Former television evangelist Jim Bakker was permanently defrocked Wednesday as an Assemblies of God minister for adultery and alleged bisexual activity. The 13-member Executive Presbytery of the Pentecostal denomination announced the dismissal of Bakker, founder of the PTL empire in South Carolina, and the Rev. Richard W. Dortch, Bakker's right-hand man, for "conduct unbecoming a minister." The Rev. G.
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April 30, 1987 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
As the Rev. Jerry Falwell's new PTL board started to put a "new face" on Jim and Tammy Bakker's troubled ministry Wednesday, sales of Tammy Faye cosmetics and panty hose moved briskly in the beauty boutique here in Heritage USA, the Disneyland-style PTL religious resort. And a handmade Tammy doll in a satin wedding dress, holding out a tiny heart-shaped pillow with the word "forgiven" on it, quickly sold in the shop across "Main Street" for $675.
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